Policing Board HQ to be bomb-proofed?

The BBC are reporting that the Northern Ireland Policing Board have been told that they must improve security at their Belfast headquarters. Presumably on the advice of MI5… There was an attempted car-bomb attack on the building in November last year. From the BBC report

The PSNI believe there is a substantial risk of another attack on the building. They have warned that security needs to be improved. At a special private meeting of the Policing Board on Thursday, members were told of a number of options. They include making the area around the building a pedestrian zone, spending about £2m to bomb-proof the building, and even moving to new offices in a more secure location.

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  • iluvni

    or close the costly talking shop down.

  • What ever happened to that peace process buzz word Normalisation?

  • joeCanuck

    What about putting the people planting bombs out of action?
    Oh wait, the PSNI are probably too busy practising their parade control techniques.

  • Ulick

    “Presumably on the advice of MI5…”

    No, it says on the advice of the PSNI.

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  • Pete Baker

    Ulick

    “No, it says on the advice of the PSNI.”

    No, it says that

    “The PSNI believe there is a substantial risk of another attack on the building.”

    It doesn’t say who’s advice they’re relying on.

    Unless you expect MI5 to be directly briefing the Policing Board…

    And MI5 does have responsibility for that particular area of intelligence.

    But why are you so concerned about MI5?

    Did you think they’d gone away?

  • Meanwhile, they’ve been having security problems with the District Policing Partnership websites that they host – over the last six months they lost the ability to update them and then they disappeared completely.

    They’re not having much luck …

  • Ulick

    Pete, despite the ‘yaa-boo’ nature of your post I responded to simply point out an obvious inaccuracy. It is clear the PSNI have been briefing and advising the Policing Board on their security not MI5 and that’s what one would expect. Where that information came from neither I nor you know.

    MI5 may supply intelligence to the PSNI but it the job of the police to decide how that information is used and in this case they’ve given advice on security to the Board.

    What makes you think I am concerned about MI5? Are you so concerned about the recent turn of events that you feel a need to mention them in an unrelated post, unless of course you feel a need to shout “Yaa Boo, but look over here” at someone. A most puerile blog even by your standards, but hey we all have our little insecurities.

  • Pete Baker

    “What makes you think I am concerned about MI5? Are you so concerned about the recent turn of events that you feel a need to mention them in an unrelated post”

    But it’s not “unrelated” to the actual topic here, as I’ve just pointed out.

    “A most puerile blog even by your standards, but hey we all have our little insecurities.”

    Clearly.

  • Ulick

    Okay then, ‘Yaa Boo’ to you too. Does that feel better?